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Graftobian's Skull Kit

Before You Start: Your make-up should be applied in a clean, well lit area. Give yourself plenty of room, and arrange your materials neatly in front of you. If you are doing the make-up on yourself, make sure you have an amply sized, well lit mirror. Wear old clothes; making up can get messy! Make-up should always be applied to clean skin, so wash your hands and face and you are ready to begin.

Time Needed: This will require 30-45 minutes to complete.

Please Note: If you have any known allergies to any of the listed ingredients of any of the components of this kit, do not use that component. Select a shade or item from your dealer's stock that will give you a similar effect or serve a similar purpose but does not contain the ingredient to which you react. If any of the products contained in this kit cause discomfort, remove as instructed and discontinue use.

As you are laying out your make-up as suggested above, be sure you have all of the items listed on the front label panel under "This Kit Contains." Use of optional suggested items will be discussed below, as will costuming tips.

Applying the Make-Up:

Figure 1: Using your Brush and the Black Foundation, paint the general location of your eye sockets, your nose hole, the black hollow of the cheek bones and the line that will become the center line between the teeth. These areas will differ from face to face; follow the bones of your face or that of your subject as you paint these beginning outlines.

Figure 2: Using a Latex Sponge Wedge, wipe across the surface of the Bleached Bone Foundation to load the sponge. Once the sponge is properly loaded, apply the foundation to the areas of the face as shown. Coat the skin evenly but with as thin a coat as possible to get your desired opacity. This is your foundation, your bottom coat, into which you will blend and add your character lines and colors. Note that you are covering all exposed skin, which includes the neck and into the hairline; you want to cover all skin that will be showing once you have finished making-up and the costuming has been added. 

As shown in the figure, Bleached Bone is applied outside of all of the areas surrounded with Black in Figure 1.

Figure 3: Apply Black Foundation with a Brush to the eye area as shown.

Use the brush to paint the nasal area. The tooth lines can be created by either the brush or the Black Liner Pencil. Use a Sponge to apply Black Foundation to the neck region. Use your fingertip to lightly dab Black and/or Blithe Spirit foundation into hollow areas requiring shading such as the temples, the middle of the forehead and the area below the lower lip. Lightly blend these hollow shaded regions until the look in Figure 3 is achieved. (Note: The use of Blithe Spirit on this particular Skull is very subtle, it was only used as an under coat for the deeper grey/black shadowing, feel free to experiment with heavier use of this crypty color when you create your skull/ghoul.)

Note: If you are putting make-up on someone else, always approach the eye area gently and with warning. Never just stab away with your sponge, brush, or other implement. Have your subject close her eyes when coloring the upper lid and below the brows. Have her open her eyes and look up when you are coloring the areas just below the eye, including the lower eyelid.

Figure 4: Using the White Foundation on the fingertip, apply highlights to the boney parts of the head. This includes the forehead just above the brow, the very upper forehead, the cheekbones, the end of the chin, and the area just above and to the inside of the temples. Blend these highlights into their surrounding areas to achieve the look indicated.

Using a cleaned brush, apply the white foundation to the teeth--between the lines you painted in black earlier. Once the blending is complete, it's time to powder.
 Load Powder onto Powder Puff by sprinkling a small pile of powder onto the middle of the puff, folding the puff and rubbing the puff's sides together until the powder is substantially loaded into the velour of the puff. Using a gentle but rapid patting motion, work the powder deliberately across the face, one section at a time. Reload the puff frequently to avoid excessive "offsetting" of the make-up onto your puff. When the face is fully "set" you will be able to touch the make-up without it coming off.

Figure 5: Optional: Using your Brush, paint the Red Foundation in a pattern of cracks on the forehead. Add Stage Blood or Blood Gel (not included in this kit) for an oozing from the cracks. 

Costume & Accessory Tips: Classic costuming for the skull would include a hooded robe, boney hand gloves, unless you choose to use make-up on the hands and lower arms, a Grim Reaper Scythe or Sickle and perhaps a voice modification unit. Any and all of this is available at your local costume retailer.

Removal: Our makeup can be removed with make-up remover or Cold Cream Makeup Remover (not included). Once all make-up is carefully removed, gently wash with soap and water.

Disclaimer: Graftobian Theatrical sells all products in good faith for professional use, but can assume no responsibility for the deliberate misuse of cosmetics and/or other products. In other words, please read and follow all instructions carefully to avoid problems or injury!

Other Graftobian Products: Graftobian is a manufacturer of all sorts of make-up. From novelty soap-based Face Painting Make-up called Disguise Stix®, to our Graftobian® Colored & Glitter Premium Hair Sprays and Gels, to our complete line of Professional Graftobian Theatrical Make-Up and Accessories, Graftobian has it all! Ask your dealer about the other fine Graftobian products they carry in their store.

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Madison, WI 53714

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